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The first day of the legislative session started off with a Senate panel gutting the powers of the State Board of Education. The House approved rule changes to the conference committee process to prevent amendments being inserted at the end of session without members’ knowledge. They rejected an amendment that would strip committee chairs of their power to decide which bills get a hearing in committee. OK Policy Director David Blatt previewed the legislative session for KGOU’s Oklahoma Voices series.
Governor Fallin presented her budget plan, including cuts of 3 to 5 percent cuts to most state agencies, consolidation of several boards and agencies, and a few revenue proposals including increased auditing, transition to 2-year registration for car tags, and changes to sales tax collection on beer. OK Policy was there with updates on Twitter.
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